April 1 – Today in Music History

1967 The Beatles at No.1 in Australia with ‘Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever’

1985 Jim Diamond at No.1 in Australia with ‘I Should Have Known Better’

1989 Madonna at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Like A Prayer’

1989 The Bangles at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Eternal Flame’

1989 Fine Young Cannibals at No.1 in Australia with ‘She Drives Me Crazy’

1995 The Outhere Brothers at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)’

2000 Santana at No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Maria Maria’

2001 Crazytown at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Butterfly’

2001 Hear’say at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Popstars’

2007 Modest Mouse at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank’

2012 Chris Brown at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘Turn Up The Music’

Gig News.

1957 Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers appeared at the London Palladium, London, England

1961 The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights

1965 The Who played a gig supporting Donovan at The Town Hall, Wembley, with Rod Stewart & the Soul Agents appearing at the bottom of the bill

1969 Ambrose Slade (Slade) made their live debut at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, England

1972 The three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico took place, featuring Rod Stewart, Dr John, The Allman Brothers, Osibisa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, The Mahavishnu Orchestra

1976 AC/DC played at The Red Cow in Hammersmith, London – their UK live debut

1976 The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig at Bolton Institute Of Technology only managing three songs

1978 Elvis Costello and The Attractions appeared at The Bracknell Sports Centre, Berkshire, England

2002 Paul McCartney performed at The Oakland Arena, Oakland, US

2005 U2 appeared at the Arrowhead Sports Arena in Anaheim, Southern California, with Kings Of Leon as the opening act.

Music News

1984 Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California

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